Thursday, June 27, 2019
It’s now been more than 12 months since Portland owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan purchased Lektra Brandy from his brother Phil, of Toolong.
At the time, the black bitch had won only a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway in a par for the course 30.51 seconds, although Nifty Lenehan was looking at Lektra Brandy more from a breeding point of view.
“All of Phil’s greyhound stock goes back to our father Brian’s foundation brood bitch Sydney Gem so when my brother was looking to sell Lektra Brandy I figured that this could be a good chance to once again tap into what has been an incredibly successful line,” he said.
She’s by the US super sire KC And All out of Lektra Scarlett, a Victorian city-winning stayer and currently the leading dam at Tara Raceway.
By Trewly Special out of the Group 1-winning Elektra (where the prefix “Lektra” originates from), Lektra Scarlett is a litter sister to Lektra Angie, the dam of former Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Lektra Stomp.
“This is a terrific dam-line, going back from Elektra, to Natural Class, Hoppy’s Star, Hoppy’s Girl and Sydney Gem,” Lenehan said.
Lektra Brandy’s subsequent performances on the track have actually come as something of a surprise to her owner-trainer, 11 wins following at Warrnambool, Horsham and Tara Raceway.
“To be honest, when I purchased her I thought that she would struggle to run a strong 500 metres but her past three wins at Tara Raceway have all been over 512 metres and in times under 30 seconds.”
And any doubts about Lektra Brandy running out a strong 512 metres were quickly dispelled in last Sunday’s The Border Watch Mixed Stake.
Away slowly from box eight, Lektra Brandy had worked into third spot down the back but still had proven performers Hutch and Wanchai Express bowling along in front of her.
However, she kept coming off the back and into the home straight, eventually getting up by a head over Hutch in a personal best time of 29.79 seconds.
It was an effort that had race caller Ray Fewings asking: “Where did that come from?”
And it was an effort that has Nifty Lenehan now looking seriously looking at next month’s Anniversary Cup.